Date: 14 January 2016
On Tuesday, 12 January 2016, Israeli authorities implemented Israel’s force-feeding law against the administrative detainee, journalist Mohammed Adeeb Al Qeiq, 33, who has been on hunger strike for 48 consecutive days. The force-feeding of Palestinian hunger strikers is a form of torture and abuse, and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and internationally accepted standards of medical ethics.
According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, at approximately 2:00 am on Saturday, 21 November 2015, Israeli forces arrested journalist Mohammed Adeeb Al Qeiq, 33, from his house in Ramallah. The Israeli forces took him to Beit El settlement where he was held for 20 hours. He was then taken to Al Maskoubia interrogation center and then to Al Jalama interrogation center. He was subject to various forms of torture including humiliating treatment and the use of stress positions, which entailed sitting in uncomfortable and stressful positions for several hours. On Wednesday, 25 November 2015, he began a hunger strike. He was interrogated for 25 days. Al Qeiq was then transferred to solitary confinement in Megiddo prison. He was sentenced to administrative detention for 6 months. His health condition deteriorated and he was referred to Al Afoula Hospital.
Notably, in the 1970s and 1980s, the Israel Prison Service (IPS) tried to use the force-feeding of prisoners to suppress hunger strikes, which resulted in the death of three prisoners: 'Abd Al- Qader Abu Al-Fahem (11/05/1970), Rasem Halawi (07/20/1980) from Jabaliya, and Ali Al-Jaafari (07/24/1980) from Nablus.
The "Force-Feeding Law" was enacted through the Israeli Knesset on Thursday, 30 July 2015, having been introduced by the Ministry of Public Security, and authorizes the forcible feeding of hunger striking prisoners. Al Mezan views the implementation of the Force-Feeding Law against Al Qeiq as a grave violation of the code of medical ethics outlined in UN General Assembly Principles of Medical Ethics of 1982. The Force-Feeding Law is the latest in a series of Israeli practices that aim to break the will of Palestinian prisoners and detainees through torture and ill-treatment, instead of addressing legitimate claims being made through the right to protest. The practices blatantly violate the Convention against Torture, to which Israel is a party.
Al Mezan strongly condemns the use of the Force-Feeding Law. Al Mezan expresses its concern for the life of Al Qeiq as well as other Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons. Al Mezan calls on the international community to oblige Israel to revoke the law and to respect international humanitarian law principles, particularly the Minimum Standard for Treatment of Prisoners of 1955.
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